So tell me, my Orthodox brothers and sisters, do I, a feminist, hate my church? There are many aspects of Pussy Riot's actions, the charge of blasphemy issued by the Russian Orthodox Church, and the political motivations of the trial itself that can be debated. If you want to read excellent discussions, see the facebook pages of Nadieszda Kizenko, Inga Leonova or the group Taste and See, and debate them there.

I am more interested in this statement by the presiding judge: "The court does find a religious hatred motive in the actions of the defendants by way of them being feminists who consider men and women to be equal." The judge goes on to argue that equal opportunity for men and women is upheld by the Russian State, but is not in line with either Orthodox Christianity or Catholicism. Apparently Eastern Orthodox and Catholic feminists are motivated by religious hatred.

Really? Because I am certain that the anger I experience towards my Church (is it shocking, disturbing, that an Orthodox Christian might be angry at his or her church?) springs out of love and hope, not hatred: love that sees that more is possible, and hope that the possible can be made real.

Thanks to Women in Theology for this excellent post:….  

And to the South African Orthodox Blogger Steve Hayes for showing a level of graciousousness eschewed by prominent spokespersons for Russian Orthodoxy.  Apparently, we Orthodox do not forgive without repentence.  So much for Jesus' words on the cross, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23.34).

Rachel Alsdorf…

Sun, 19 Aug, 2012 - 12:56

I discovered your blog about a month ago, ironically through a friend posting one of your entries on facebook to criticize it. Please keep writing; it's helpful to know that I'm not alone as an Orthodox believer who loves and yet is sometime angry at her church.

It's really reassuring finding thinking women in the catholic blogosphere (my definition of Catholic includes both catholicism and orthodoxy), I really find it disturbing how most submit to the authority of their churches without critical thinking, what with defending the only-male priesthood which excludes women from having a voice inside the Church. I find Pussy Riot very admirable, and I find it very distressing that people think it is wrong to shout "Virgin Mary become a feminist", personally that doesn't offend me, why would it? The only thing that I didn't like about the song was the part that talked about the "Lord's s***" but that's about it. Getting 2 years of prison just for that is just extremely ridiculous. And I seriously don't like how much churches consider feminism as some form of evil. It is not, it's just fighting for the rights and equality of women. Unless they think that's wrong, which in that case they should stop calling themselves christian.